cbrandtbuffalo's Journal http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/ cbrandtbuffalo's use Perl Journal en-us use Perl; is Copyright 1998-2006, Chris Nandor. Stories, comments, journals, and other submissions posted on use Perl; are Copyright their respective owners. 2012-01-25T02:13:43+00:00 pudge pudge@perl.org Technology hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 cbrandtbuffalo's Journal http://use.perl.org/images/topics/useperl.gif http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/ Don't lose your wiki changes ever again http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/39366?from=rss For the umpteenth time, I just lost a bunch of documentation I was writing into a wiki page (big textarea) when I tried to use some emacs shortcut keys and accidentally navigated off the page. One of the nicest features of SocialText is that they nag you if you try to navigate away without saving changes.<br> <br> Anyway, finally installed <a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4125">It's All Text</a> so I can edit in my editor and prevent this from happening again. cbrandtbuffalo 2009-07-28T20:05:25+00:00 journal Book Review: Catalyst http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/37390?from=rss <p>Book Review: <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/catalyst-perl-web-application/book">Catalyst, Accelerating Perl Web Application Development</a> by Jonathan Rockway, Packt Publishing 2007. </p><p>In a time when less experienced users are experimenting with web frameworks for development, Ruby on Rails has gained notable marketshare in the area of easy set-up and minimal configuration. As one of many Perl-based frameworks, Catalyst operates in the same space and for many new users will be measured by this same quick-configuration criteria. So it follows that many users will want a book that will get them up and running quickly. </p><p>The Catalyst book succeeds in getting to the point quickly and diving in. Chapter 1 gives you a very quick overview of Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture. Chapter 2 then starts with a simple Catalyst application, essentially a 'Hello, World' application. Keeping with the goal of easy configuration, the initial set-up involves running a script to create the core application framework. The rest of the chapter then walks through each directory that script created. I liked this high-level description because it's common for MVC frameworks to have many files in many different places and you don't often find a comprehensive overview in most documentation. </p><p>Even with tools for fast configuration and convenient interfaces, the reality is that there are still many decisions you need to make when creating even a fairly simple web application. And each decision offers plenty of wrong choices to an inexperienced user. "Catalyst," the book, does a good job of presenting the common best practice for decisions ranging from basic database setup to reusable code design. </p><p>These design decisions are presented in a quick matter-of-fact way without going into full discussions of every area. This was the right decision to make for a book helping you to get running fast. If you're looking for more in-depth disussion of different options for session handling, authentication/authorization, database design, or other web technologies, you'll need to look in books dedicated to those topics. </p><p>There is no question about the credentials of the author. Jonathan Rockway is a key member of the core Catalyst team and has been giving Catalyst presentations for years. This experience shows as the advice and best practices offered throughout the book are solid. </p><p>The first real sample application described is an address book. This is a good choice as it is something anyone can relate to and naturally fits a CRUD framework. It also builds nicely, starting from very simple features, like getting data in and out of your address book, to other typical features like external configuration files, sessions, and authentication and authorization. Many of the features demonstrated here could be easily re-implemented in any web application you might be building. </p><p>The book then transitions to a more complex sample application, a tool to track opinions on IRC. It can track people with multiple different nicks across multiple different channels. Once it has some data, the book shows how to build interfaces that can show various data on the positive and negative comments around various topics. </p><p>While the example did a good job of demonstrating Catalyst features, I was puzzled by the choice of IRC as the problem space. My impression is that IRC is very much still a tool used rarely outside technical communities. If the book hoped to reach a wider audience, some of whom may be new to programming, this example could be a stumbling block. For someone not familiar with IRC, I think it would be difficult to focus on the Catalyst code because they would be trying to wrap their head around what IRC is and exactly what the sample application was doing. </p><p>As with any techincal book, it contains a significant amount of raw code. Of course it needs to show you the code to demonstrate how to do things and describe what's going on. However, I found myself wondering if there were a different way to provide some of the code samples, perhaps as an appendix, at the end of the chapter, or as a download. For completeness, you want all of the code provided in the book, but I think people seldom type everything in from a book, so it seemed some sections could have been pared down. </p><p>As with any technical book, examples can become out of date after printing, and there are some cases here. Errata are posted on the <a href="http://www.packtpub.com/support/book/catalyst-perl-web-application">Packt Publishing website</a> and there is also a wiki hosted on <a href="http://dev.catalystframework.org/wiki/thebookerrata">the Catalyst website</a>. I imagine it could be frustrating for a new user working through the early examples (in Chapter 3, for example) without referring to these resources. </p><p>Any book has it's share of typos that get past the editors, but I seemed to notice a few more than typical, especially toward the end of the book. I don't know that any of these would cause any serious issues in understanding, but they can be distracting. </p><p>Finally, if you are interested in some newer web development technologies like AJAX, REST, and RSS, the author has you covered. There is a chapter devoted to these technologies and additional supporting technologies outside the Catalyst framework to get you going. </p><p>As an introduction to Catalyst, and MVC web development, this book succeeds in getting you going and explaining all of the key features you need for web application development. However, some might find the cost a bit steep (list US $39.99, $35.99 on Amazon) for a fairly slim volume. My recommendation is if you know you are going to be doing development with Catalyst, "Catalyst" the book would probably be a useful reference and you'll find many of the examples reusable. If you are just dabbling with Catalyst, you can probably get the introduction you need from the online documentation available on the <a href="http://www.catalystframework.org/">Catalyst website</a> and the Catalyst framework documentation.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2008-09-08T17:21:49+00:00 journal Video summary of OSCON 2008 http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/37047?from=rss Very nice video summary of OSCON this year is posted <a href="http://www.railsenvy.com/2008/7/29/oscon-videos">here</a>. cbrandtbuffalo 2008-07-29T19:19:15+00:00 journal Perl 6 press from OSCON http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/37033?from=rss Not a web site I'm familiar with, but they posted an article on Perl 6: <a href="http://adtmag.com/article.aspx?id=23009">Application Development Trends</a>. cbrandtbuffalo 2008-07-28T19:09:07+00:00 journal Google SoC FAQ Session at UB http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/35974?from=rss As you might know, The Perl Foundation is participating in the Google Summer of Code this year. I work at the University at Buffalo and it turns out the <a href="http://www.freebsd.org/administration.html#t-re">release manager for FreeBSD</a>, Ken Smith, works here too. So we decided to get together and hold a FAQ session for any students who might be interested. <br> <br> If you're interested, it's on the UB North Campus, NSC 210, 4-5 PM today (Tuesday, 3/25). cbrandtbuffalo 2008-03-25T16:59:57+00:00 journal perldoc.perl.org for docs http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/35349?from=rss For some reason, I had it in my head that there were issues with perldoc.perl.org like spotty performance or something. Don't recall why I thought that, but recently I saw a posting that it had been updated with the perl 5.10 docs. I recently needed to look up something for perl 5.8, but figured I'd give it a try. <br> <br> It's great and very fast! Fully google searchable Perl documentation! <br> <br> Here's the link for the 5.8 docs:<br> <br> <a href="http://perldoc.perl.org/5.8.8/">http://perldoc.perl.org/5.8.8/</a> cbrandtbuffalo 2008-01-10T12:52:11+00:00 journal YAPC::NA in Chicago...again! http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/34205?from=rss <p>Chicago.pm has stepped up to be first group in recent years to bid for a repeat YAPC, and in close voting they nudged out Columbus for the opportunity to do it. Jonathan Rockway will be the head organizer, with support from previous Chicago organizers Josh McAdams and Pete Krawczyk.</p><p>Both groups submitted strong bids and it was a tough choice.</p><p>Watch for more announcements with final dates and other details. See you in Chicago!</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2007-08-24T16:37:16+00:00 journal oracle.com is down http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/34061?from=rss It's 7:54 AM EST on a Thursday morning and www.oracle.com is showing this message in plain black text on a white screen:<p><div class="quote"><p>An error occurred while processing the request. Try refreshing your browser. If the problem persists contact the site administrator</p></div><p> First, I can't believe oracle.com is down. How is that possible? It must be the application code because Oracle is unbreakable, right? <br> <br> But I'm just as amazed at how bad that error message is. Not even formatted with an Oracle logo. I don't even know that I'm really hitting Oracle. Then again, when your system is unbreakable, why would you spend time formatting error messages?</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2007-08-09T11:59:41+00:00 journal Reminder: Call for Venue--YAPC::NA::2008 deadline http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/33784?from=rss The deadline for submitting your venue bids for this year is approaching. I know there are some folks out there working on bids, so don't count on us going into overtime.<br> <br> The due date is August 1.<br> <br> You can find more details in <a href="http://news.perlfoundation.org/2007/05/call_for_venueyapcna2008.html">this year's call</a> and <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/2006/05/call_for_venueyapcna2007.html">the previous call</a>. cbrandtbuffalo 2007-07-11T19:38:29+00:00 journal Help Wanted: Care to hack on a google calendar script? http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/33656?from=rss In case folks don't read the <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/2007/06/help_wanted_some_hacking_on_a.html">TPF blog</a>, I need someone to help me out with a script that grabs info from the Perl calendar on Google calendar. I've got it started, just don't have the time right now to polish it. cbrandtbuffalo 2007-07-02T12:21:16+00:00 journal Call for Venue--YAPC::NA::2008 http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/33433?from=rss It's that time of year again--we need your bids in to host YAPC::NA in your town next summer. Most of the details for a bid are in my <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/2006/05/call_for_venueyapcna2007.html">post from last year</a>. Same rules apply this year.<br> <br> To re-iterate a few points:<ul> <li> If you plan on bidding, folks from your group should really attend <a href="http://conferences.mongueurs.net/yn2007/index.html">YAPC::NA</a> this year to see how things work and maybe even help out.</li> <li> Get your bid ready early and we'll give you feedback before the due date at the <a href="http://conferences.mongueurs.net/yn2007/wiki?node=YAPC%20BOF">YAPC BOF</a>.</li> <li> <a href="http://www.yapc.org/venue-reqs.txt">Venue requirements</a> are available and bids from previous years are available in the <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/">TPF Blog</a>. Last year all of the bids were very good, so they are a good resource.</li> <li> Details on running a YAPC are available in the <a href="http://tpf.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/yapc/YAPC.pm"> TPF project on Google code</a>.</li> <li> As with previous years, the bids will be made public in the <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/">TPF Blog</a> after the due date.</li> </ul><p> Send any questions and completed bids to the TPF conferences group: tpf-conferences (at) perl (dot) org</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2007-06-05T16:14:35+00:00 journal Call for Venue--YAPC::NA::2008 http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/33380?from=rss Cross-posted from the <a href="http://news.perl-foundation.org/2007/05/call_for_venueyapcna2008.html">TPF blog</a> as a reminder, we're looking for next year's intrepid organizers for YAPC::NA. <br> <br>One key point: if you bring your semi-complete bid to YAPC this year, we'll review it at the <a href="http://conferences.mongueurs.net/yn2007/wiki?node=YAPC%20BOF">YAPC BOF</a> for free! cbrandtbuffalo 2007-05-30T20:01:25+00:00 yapc Mac OS X FileMerge http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/33173?from=rss If you have a Mac and you need to merge some files, you might want to check out this utility that comes with the free developer tools: <br> <br><nobr> <wbr></nobr>/Developer/Applications/Utilities/FileMerge.app <br> <br> Basic merge functionality, but it's simple and gets the job done. cbrandtbuffalo 2007-05-01T17:53:57+00:00 journal DST Headaches http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/32608?from=rss As if patching every computer in our infrastructure wasn't enough, we had to run special scripts to 'fix' our Outlook calendars because the DST change has really confused them. It boggles my mind that we run something supported by a company the size of M$ and they can't make this a simple patch update. <br> <br> On top of all that, the script we had to run messed up my handy-dandy perl script that pulls calendar events out of Exchange and puts them in iCal for me. I originally found it here: <a href="http://rasterweb.net/raster/2004/09/">vcalxical</a> <br> <br>So I got to spend the last hour hacking away at that script to weed out all the malformed data the M$ script put in my calendar events. Sheesh. As if I don't have better things to do. I really wish there was a way to charge back to M$ all the time we lose because of their substandard software. Can't someone put out something to replace Exchange? When will Chandler be done? cbrandtbuffalo 2007-03-07T18:09:47+00:00 journal Bald kids http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/32182?from=rss <p>Why are so many animated kids bald? Is it too hard to draw hair over and over again?</p><ul> <li> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caillou">Caillou</a> </li><li> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcards_from_Buster">Buster</a> He's a rabbit, but his parents have hair.</li><li>And of course, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown">Charlie Brown</a> </li></ul><p>Did I miss any? (Yes, I watch a lot of kid television.)</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2007-01-17T15:40:45+00:00 journal Hot tub http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/31745?from=rss Some of the unique IT postings you only see when you work at a University:<br> <br> <code> Power restored. Power went out because of a student plugging in a portable hot tub into the same power line the comm closet uses. Switch is back up and alarm cleared.</code> <br> <br> Those crazy students. Don't they know to get the hot tubs with the propane-fired heating element?<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) cbrandtbuffalo 2006-11-28T15:48:36+00:00 journal Want to work in Buffalo? http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/31435?from=rss Probably not too smart to follow-up my power outage post with a pitch to have you come live here, but it really is a great place. That power thing only happens once every 100 years or so and we already took care of it for this century. <br> <br> So if you're looking for a job where you can write perl code for big systems, check out the <a href="http://jobs.perl.org/job/4826">posting for a job</a> here at <a href="http://buffalo.edu/">UB</a>. cbrandtbuffalo 2006-10-27T18:09:26+00:00 journal Long-term Power Outage http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/31389?from=rss I've been offline for over a week, and it's not because of anything scheduled on my part. Mother Nature decided to smack Buffalo with one of the <a href="http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20061022/1067850.asp">biggest storms ever</a> and it knocked out power all over our region. At my house, we ended up being without power for 8 days. We're talking <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/project/index.html">Frontier House</a> territory here, with no planning. Plus I was off on vacation, so I was at the mercy of my home power and internet connection, both of which were not available. <br> <br> Anyway, things are <strong>starting</strong> to return to normal over a week later. cbrandtbuffalo 2006-10-23T11:49:41+00:00 journal Where do you want to go today? http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/31226?from=rss To your email backups, such as they are, to recover the emails deleted by <a href="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909574/en-us">a bug in MS Entourage</a>. So if I haven't responded to your email, you might want to send it again. Their corrective measures and workarounds on this one are actually pretty funny. It includes "Stop using Entourage 2004 immediately." After this event, I think I will.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-) cbrandtbuffalo 2006-10-05T19:29:38+00:00 journal NPR puzzle solver mentioned perl http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/31196?from=rss The winner of the NPR weekend edition <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6175819">puzzle this weekend</a> said his friend wrote a perl program to solve the puzzle. cbrandtbuffalo 2006-10-02T17:02:38+00:00 journal Pandora and the Music Genome project http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/30638?from=rss I hate commercial radio. The only thing I listen to in the car is <a href="http://npr.org/">NPR</a>. <br> <br>But I like music. So I've been listening to <a href="http://radioparadise.com/">RadioParadise</a> for quite a while and I really like the mix of tunes there. <br> <br>Now I just heard about <a href="http://www.pandora.com/">Pandora</a> which is a music services that builds a radio station based on your tastes. Very cool idea and it seems like a very cool implementation. And it's free. <br> <br>Oh, the Perl connection? It appears you can listen to this service through the <a href="http://www.slimdevices.com/index.html">SlimDevices</a> products, and the code that runs that device (and all the plug-ins) is written in Perl! Cool. cbrandtbuffalo 2006-08-15T17:41:00+00:00 journal Politics, open-source, and the real world http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/30486?from=rss It appears the real world has intruded on the PHP folks as one of their core developers has <a href="http://news.php.net/php.internals/25023">said goodbye</a>, apparently because of <a href="http://news.php.net/php.internals/25044">things going on the in real world</a>. As our world seems to be headed for more turbulence, I'm sure this isn't the last of this type of thing we'll see. cbrandtbuffalo 2006-07-31T12:54:56+00:00 journal New CPAN option for sudo http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/30459?from=rss So maybe I'm a little slow to find this out, but the cpan shell provided by the <a href="http://search.cpan.org/~andk/CPAN-1.87/lib/CPAN.pm">CPAN.pm</a> module has a cool new option. In the past, I've always done 'sudo cpan' on my box to install things on the system, but then all my<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.cpan stuff is owned by root. Now, if you run this command in your cpan shell: <p> <code>o conf make_install_make_command 'sudo make'</code> </p><p>the cpan shell will run everything as you, then run 'sudo make install' for the last step, just like you would if installing by hand! Very cool. </p><p>If you've been doing the 'sudo cpan' thing, you'll need to clean up your<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.cpan directory because it's owned by root. You can probably chown it, but I chose to just delete it all.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-07-28T14:22:03+00:00 journal YAPC from afar http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/30066?from=rss So I wasn't able to attend YAPC this year in person, but thanks to iChat video and some help from Randal and Schwern, I was able to present from my home office in Buffalo! <p>Both brian and I were scheduled to do the first talk of YAPC on <a href="http://yapcchicago.org/wiki/index.cgi?ConferencesForBeginners">Conferences for Beginners</a>. Unfortunately, due to some travel problems, brian wasn't back to his home city of Chicago in time. </p><p>So on a moments notice, the Perl hackers took the stage and got things started. Then, using a borrowed video camera at the conference hall, Randal and I got a video iChat going. Randal had his display on the big screen and his audio going through the PA, so I was able to give the presentation from home. </p><p>Not quite the same as being there, but an excellent way to solve the problem.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-27T13:34:41+00:00 journal They're here! (a little early) http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29950?from=rss We were all scheduled for Monday and my wife told me to spend most of Sunday with our son Aiden and enjoy father's day. I was doing just that when, right after lunch, I got a call from my wife at the hospital and she said she was in labor! <p>I guess no one told the babies what the plan was.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) </p><p>So I did some rushing around to find someone to watch my son and sped down to the hospital. And around 5:30 PM last evening, Cameron (4 lbs. 6 oz.), Liam (4 lbs. 11 oz.), and Grace (5 lbs. 1 oz.) made their entrance. </p><p>The babies are in the NICU for now for observation, but all are breathing normally and they should be moved to the regular newborn nursery today or tomorrow. Everyone is doing well and mom is resting comfortably (somewhat).</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-19T13:01:51+00:00 journal Monday it is http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29931?from=rss No problems with my wife's blood work, so we're scheduled for Monday morning at 9AM. So she just needs to tolerate one more weekend of contractions and discomfort. <p>We went on a tour of the <a href="http://www.chob.edu/services/services_display.asp?SID=187&amp;CID=9">NICU</a>. It's a first-class facility, recently completely renovated. It just looks like you'd want a special care unit to look--very clean, very high-tech--and all of the staff are highly-qualified. </p><p>We're hoping the babies will be big enough and not have any problems so they won't have to go there, but it's nice to know they are there if we need them. </p><p>I should also mention that my son Aiden has been a absolute trooper through all of this. He's been shuttled around from me to one grandparent to another, and has been without his mom for almost two weeks now, and he's barely batted an eyelash.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-16T17:48:02+00:00 journal Maybe Friday, Maybe Monday http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29921?from=rss We've been pushing the doctor to schedule the C-section for Friday, but things are quite busy here at the hospital. They ordered a bunch of tests, including blood work, and if everything is normal we wait until Monday. If anything looks abnormal, they'll get us in for tomorrow. The end is in sight. <p>How busy is it here at the hospital? Well, my wife's floor is completely full now and we can hear the new baby music every couple of hours (they play a lullaby over the PA system when a new baby is delivered). Apparently Labor and Delivery was so busy last night that they were turning people away. I'm sure they were doing some triage and not sending away people with babies emerging, but that's still pretty busy. </p><p>We're also waiting for a tour of the neonatal ICU. But the way things are going, the babies might be big enough that they won't even need to go there.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-15T15:36:23+00:00 journal New doctor on rotation http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29883?from=rss The doctor my wife saw throughout her pregnancy is now on her rotation with the high-risk floor, so we are very happy. It's nice to work with someone who knows your history and with whom you have some familiarity. She's also an amazing doctor. <p>After talking with my wife this morning, Dr. Lele agreed to schedule the C-section for Friday, assuming my wife can hold out that long. Having a date makes it easier since my wife can somewhat prepare herself for what's coming. </p><p>So now we wait for Friday morning, and in the meantime we just need to nail down the names.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-12T19:19:10+00:00 journal Still in Holding Pattern http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29875?from=rss My wife is still in the hospital, waiting. Yesterday the doctor decided to take her off the Procardia. Unfortunately, he didn't share that with her and we only found out when her next dose was due and the nurse told us. <p>Apparently, for many women, the procardia doesn't work to stop labor after the first few days. So the doctor wanted to take her off for a while and see if it was doing anything. </p><p>Turns out it was. Her contractions started becoming more regular and much closer together and her blood pressure started going up again. </p><p>So we talked to the resident and they agreed to put her back on it. Things settled down again in the evening and in the morning, the doctor agreed to keep her on it. </p><p>Tomorrow, the rotation will put a new doctor on. We're hoping it's the doctor we were seeing through the office for the entire pregnancy. It's a rotation of 3 high-risk doctors, so we've been seeing one of her partners.</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-11T22:32:53+00:00 journal Triplets Update http://use.perl.org/~cbrandtbuffalo/journal/29845?from=rss For those of you wondering, here's an update on our pending triplets: <p>Monday morning we drove in to the <a href="http://www.chob.edu/services/services_display.asp?SID=285&amp;CID=10">Labor and Delivery</a> department at <a href="http://www.chob.edu/index.asp">Women and Children's Hospital</a> here in Buffalo. Triplets are considered high-risk, so this is the hospital our doctor wants us to work with. </p><p>Although my wife had been having contractions, there were no other signs of labor and that isn't what made us decide to come in. She woke up feeling terrible and proceeded to get sick and get a bloody nose. Since the bloody nose can be a sign of high blood pressure, we decided to make the trip. </p><p>After a full day of tests and monitoring, they decided to admit her to the hospital for observation. They also started taking steps to help the babies along if they did have to deliver. They were at 32 weeks and a few days on Monday. That's average for triplets, but still earlier than we wanted to deliver. </p><p>So they started with some <a href="http://fpb.case.edu/Bedrest/handouts/medicationshandout.htm">Procardia</a> (called Nifedipine in that page) to help control the contractions and administered a steroid to help the babies' lungs develop faster. The Procardia took the edge off the contractions and spread them out, so true labor seemed less imminent. </p><p>She has since been moved up to the <a href="http://www.chob.edu/services/services_display.asp?SID=292&amp;CID=10">high-risk mother floor</a> to a nice quiet room where she can rest. She can order any sort of food she wants and as much as she wants. So she's now receiving excellent care while we wait. Tomorrow is 33 weeks, and our hope is to make it until next Friday, which would be 34 weeks. At 34 weeks, all sorts of statistics improve dramatically in the babies' favor, especially the amount of time they have to stay in the hospital. </p><p>So here I sit hooked up through my modem to the hospital room phone while my wife sleeps.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:)</p> cbrandtbuffalo 2006-06-08T20:00:51+00:00 journal